Wednesday 1 May 2013

Fabulous Exhibition of Linda's Photographs in Vienna

Linda McCartney, London
© 1968 Paul McCartney /
Photographer: Eric Clapton
Linda McCartney
6 June to 6 October 2013

KUNST HAUS WIEN will be holding a retrospective devoted to the oeuvre of Linda McCartney, one of the most interesting photographers of the 20th century. The exhibition, which is the first comprehensive retrospective of McCartney’s works worldwide, presents a selection of her iconic photographs of sixties rock and roll, her family life and nature. It is being produced by KUNST HAUS WIEN in cooperation with Linda Enterprises Ltd.

Linda McCartney, who was born Linda Eastman in 1941 in New York, had a passion for photography. Her fascination with music led her to immerse herself in the musical scenes of New York, California and London, documenting the “swinging sixties” with her portraits of stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, The Who and Simon & Garfunkel. The palpable atmosphere of closeness and informality in her fresh, candid photographs makes her approach to portraiture unique.

Aretha Franklin, Los Angeles © 1968 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney

A chance opportunity to photograph The Rolling Stones at a press conference in June 1966 to promote the album “Aftermath” on a yacht on the Hudson River in New York was a breakthrough for the young photographer. In 1968, when her portrait of Eric Clapton was featured on the cover of “Rolling Stone”, she became the first woman to have this honour.

Brian Jones and Mick Jagger, New York
© 1966 Paul McCartney /
Photographer: Linda McCartney
Linda photographed The Beatles at the launch of their album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band“in 1967. Paul and Linda fell in love, and got married two years later.

Paul and Martha, London
© 1968 Paul McCartney /
Photographer: Linda McCartney

Heather, Stella and Paul
© 1975 Paul McCartney /
Photographer: Linda McCartney
Linda’s photographic world expanded to encompass her family life raising four children with Paul, as well as the final years of The Beatles, Wings tours, and more peaceful times in the country in Sussex and Scotland.

Linda McCartney’s everyday scenes, which reflect the warmth of her devotion to her family, reveal her alertness to the poetry of the moment as well as to humorous or surreal situations, and stand on an equal footing in her oeuvre with her famous portraits. These works, too, demonstrate her distinctive personal style: a casual elegance combined with an instinctive feeling for capturing the subject at just the right instant.

The Beatles, Abbey Road, London
© 1969 Paul McCartney /
Photographer: Linda McCartney
In her later life, Linda McCartney returned to the early interests that had influenced her development as a photographer. Her love of the fine arts had been sparked by her encounters with numerous prominent artists and led her to study art history at university.

Her particular enthusiasm for the medium of photography, its history and its processes inspired her to experiment with techniques from the early days of photography. A considerable number of portraits date back to this period, for instance of Willem de Kooning, Gilbert and George, Jim Jarmusch and Allen Ginsberg, some of which will be included in the exhibition. Photographs of animals, plants, landscapes and still lifes – partly done as platinum prints, sun prints and polaroids – as well as a documentary section with contact sheets, videos and other material round off this retrospective of the lifework of a passionate photographer.

Stallion and Standing Stone, Scotland
© 1996 Paul McCartney /
Photographer: Linda McCartney
Paul McCartney: “From the early days, I have very much admired her photography, and being able to experience it personally only added to my feelings of admiration. […] She was the easiest of photographers to be photographed by, and the relaxation of her subjects that she achieved is clearly visible in her work. I was always impressed by her impeccable timing. When you least expected it, the shutter would click and she had the shot. Her art took on new dimensions when she settled down to raise her family. […] On a personal level, she was fun-loving, intensely loyal and very protective of her family; her laconic sense of humour shone through in everything she did.” (From “Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs”, TASCHEN 2011)

Paul McCartney, Jamaica
© 1971 Paul McCartney /
Photographer: Linda McCartney
Works by Linda McCartney have been shown by institutions such as the International Center of Photography in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London. The exhibition at KUNST HAUS WIEN is the first comprehensive retrospective of this photographer worldwide.

John Lennon, London
© 1969 Paul McCartney /
Photographer: Linda McCartney

The exhibition is being produced by KUNST HAUS WIEN in cooperation with Linda Enterprises Ltd. The curatorial work is being done by members of the McCartney family and Andreas Hirsch, curator of KUNST HAUS WIEN, in collaboration with Claudia Schmid of Linda Enterprises Ltd.

For more information on this fabulous exhibition, visit the website at

NB: All photographs are used here with the kind permission of Kunst Haus Wien and can ONLY be used for this article.  Please DO NOT download or reproduce without the express permission of Kunst Haus Wien or the copyright holder

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